Rick Wakeman - Morning Has Broken

Friday 1st December 2000
Rick Wakeman - Morning Has Broken
Rick Wakeman - Morning Has Broken

STYLE: Ambient/Meditational
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Independent 1490055
RRP: £14.98

Reviewed by Andy Long

In the tradition of his more classical works, Wakeman has recorded this collection of traditional hymns in inspiring instrumental arrangements. It has taken him eight years from the initial concept to the finished album and the time and effort that Rick has put into the piece gives this collection a feeling of commitment from the heart. Rick says this is one of the most satisfying recordings I have ever made and as you listen to his variations on the traditional melodies you will begin to see the joy that this work gave him. Obvious inclusions had to be the version of Morning Has Broken that Rick originally recorded with Cat Stevens and the current concert favourite The Day Thou Gavest Lord Has Ended. The album also brings together tunes that all will be familiar with, whether from a religious background or not. All Things Bright And Beautiful, Jerusalem and Abide With Me are amongst the well known titles. Rick has recorded the melodies mainly on piano with a keyboard accompaniment. Fans of Rick's rock output might be surprised at the volume of classical, spiritual and ambient material he has released, as a visit to his website will reveal. Morning Has Broken is a great introduction to another side of the rock legend.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Connie Hudson in Plano, Texas USA @ 15:02 on Mar 18 2007

Does anyone know where I might be able to purchase the sheet music for Rick Wakeman's rendition of Morning Has Broken?

Reply by David Hawker in Nottingham, UK @ 23:09 on Jun 22 2009

I heard Rick Wakeman state in a concert in 2004 that he was never paid the promised fee nor given credit on Cat Stevens' recording, and therefore is very protective of his arrangement. Hence sheet music unlikely to be available.

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Posted by Ronald Neal in Wiltshire @ 20:14 on Nov 19 2006

Can you please tell me where I can purchase Rick Wakemans Morning Has Broken
Regards Ron

Reply by Vincent Sutcliffe @ 09:10 on Apr 8 2007

Just go to

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